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# Friday, February 15, 2008
Abe Lincoln's Summer Retreat Opens
Posted by Diane

Anderson Cottage was the Camp David of its day—a summer retreat three miles from central Washington where Abraham, Mary Todd and Tad Lincoln escaped the White House.

Other presidents used the cottage, too, but none as frequently as Lincoln. The 16th president lived there for months at a time during the summer, risking his life during his daily commute to the White House. In August 1864, would-be assasin's bullet left a hole in Lincoln's stovepipe hat.

The home, built in 1842, had become a rundown office building for the nearby Armed Forces Retirement Home when it was rediscovered in the late 1990s. The National Trust for Historic Preservation led a seven-year, $15 million restoration.

Now, after a seven-year, $15 million restoration, President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldier's Home opens to the public on President's Day, Feb. 18. Visitors can tour the four-bedroom, two-story, stucco-covered brick Gothic Revival cottage for $12 (purchase tickets ahead of time online).



Read about the restoration on the site’s blog and get more house history in the Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers' Home, by Matthew Pinsker (Oxford University Press, $15.95).

Historic preservation | Social History
Friday, February 15, 2008 4:56:02 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 8:01:37 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I wanted to let you know about another book on the Lincoln cottage, Lincoln cottage called Lincoln’s Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency (John Wiley & Sons, $24.95).

Author Elizabeth Smith Brownstein wrote in an e-mail to us, "It covers rarely-studied aspects of his character and temperament, it introduces little-recognized men and women without whose heroic efforts, Lincoln could not have survived the strains of that terrible war, and it offers fresh evidence on the solidity of the Lincoln marriage." Sounds intriguing!
Diane
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